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Jones County, North Carolina Genealogy

Guide to Jones County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Trenton
Organized: April 14, 1778
Parent County(s): Craven[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carteret  • Craven  • Duplin  • Lenoir  • Onslow
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County InformationEdit


Jones County is located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina and was named for radical Revolutionary War leader and Anti-Federalist Willie Jones.[2]

Jones County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Trenton, NC 28585
Phone: 252-447-2551

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913, marriage records from 1850, land records from 1779 and military discharge records.
Clerk of the Court has probate records from 1779, court and divorce records.

Jones County, North Carolina Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1850 1913 1807 1779 1779 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

1862 Courthouse was burned during Civil War battle, many court records destroyed.
See Jones County list of extant records (NCGenWeb).

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1778 Jones County was created 14 April 1778 from Craven County.
  • County seat: Trenton[4]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Beaver Creek
  • Chinquapin
  • Cypress Creek
  • Pollocksville
  • Trenton
  • Tuckahoe
  • White Oak

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Jones County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

Census RecordsEdit

Historical Populations
Census Pop.

Church RecordsEdit



Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African Americans

American Indians

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

  • Aiken, Nancy, Minutes of the Jones County, North Carolina Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1826-1841, Heritage Books, 2002. (Google Books link without preview)
  • Gwynn, Zae Hargett, Abstracts of the Records of Jones County, North Carolina, 1779-1868, Vol. 1, self-published, 1963. (Google Books link without preview) (information in

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Lenoir CountyCraven CountyCarteret CountyOnslow CountyDuplin CountyNC JONES.PNG
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for more resources


Early migration routes to and from Jones County for European settlers included:[8]

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Jones County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Jones County:

- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 1st Company
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 3rd Comppany

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


  • Jones County newspapers. List of newspapers that have been published in the county. Provides details on libraries that hold back issues. (Library of Congress)
  • Jones County Post. Current paper, part of the Kinston Free Press.


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.


  • Neuse Regional Library
    Kinston, NC
    Serving Lenoir, Greene and Jones Counties



  • Heritage Genealogical Society
    PO Box 6204
    Kinston, NC 28501


Research GuidesEdit


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jones County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Jones County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 19 February 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:305, 315. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  7. Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at